Located amidst the misty mountains of Ella, The Ravana Cave is an enticing attraction that is shrouded in mysteries. Read on to know more about visiting this peculiar and yet interesting attraction.
Located approximately two kilometres away from the Ella town, lies a mysterious cave that according to historic evidence, is entirely man-made. Legend has it that it was the place where the demon king Ravana had entrapped princess Sita as his prisoner. Though there isn’t any conclusive evidence of this even in particular taking place, archaeologists have found a skull and human remains that have been dated to 20 000BC.
The rendezvous point to start your journey is the Maha Ravana Viharaya and from there the cave is just a short hike away from the temple. But in order to reach the cave, you will have to tread through a treacherous pathway that is steep and sometimes slippery. You will have to climb up through a staircase which has over 650 steps. Many consider the last leg of the climb being the toughest since you will have to tackle a climb without holding on to anything.
Visiting the cave
Being regarded as one of the best things to do in Ella, visiting the cave isn’t that much of a difficult task apart from the short distance where you get to climb a steep staircase. You could reach the temple by a tuk-tuk from the Ella town.
More about the cave
As you explore the tunnels, you can’t help but wonder how the people who have made something of such architectural brilliance Historic evidence state that tunnels were used in the ancient times as a quick mode of transport through the mountains and also a safe and secure passage to escape from invasions and sieges. These tunnels branch out to different regions and Ella Sri Lanka – a popular travel website states that the there are other entrances to the tunnel at locations such as Welimada, Ishtripura Senapitiya in Ramboda, Halagala, Wariyapola in Labookelle, Matale, Seetha Kotuwa and Hasalaka